Alfredo Aceves threw six solid innings and Daniel Nava homered as the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Aceves (3-1), recalled before the game from Triple-A Pawtucket, allowed one run, four hits and four walks. This was his third stint with the Red Sox this season.
Nava put the Red Sox up 2-0 on a third-inning, two-run homer off Chris Archer (1-2), who gave up two runs, four hits, four walks and struck out seven over four innings.
The Rays’ right-hander exuberantly left the mound after striking out Nava with the bases loaded to end the fourth.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ Indians 5, Rangers 2
‧ Angels 9, Orioles 5
‧ Royals 3, Tigers 2, 10 inns
‧ Astros 6, Mariners 1
‧ Athletics 5, Yankees 2
AP, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
Starling Marte had a career-high four hits and scored four times, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 12-8 on Wednesday night.
Neil Walker and Alex Presley homered for Pittsburgh. Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez had three hits each as the Pirates set season highs for runs and hits.
Francisco Liriano (5-2) got through six erratic innings for the win.
Joaquin Arias hit three runs for the Giants and Hunter Pence doubled twice, but San Francisco continued to struggle on the road. The defending World Series champions have lost 12 of 16 away from home.
Barry Zito (4-5) allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 4-2/3 innings as his road ERA ballooned to 11.28.
In other NL play, it was:
‧ Padres 5, Braves 3
‧ Reds 2, Cubs 1
‧ Mets 5, Cardinals 1
‧ Brewers 10, Marlins 1
‧ Nationals 5, Rockies 1
‧ D’backs 8, Dodgers 6, 12 inns
In the only interleague game on Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.